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Rural Youth Injury Rates

Injuries To Farm Youth Declining Substantially

That's the headline of this Universtiy of Illinois paper that discusses a USDA study.

http://www.farmgateblog.com/article/1575/injuries-to-farm-youth-declining-substantially

Our first that is to the Dept. of Labor proposal drastically reducing access to work for young people in rural jobs.  It quotes this USDA study talking about rural youth injuries in 2009.

http://www.usda.gov/nass/PUBS/TODAYRPT/injr0412.pdf

The study says  ".... injuries to youth on farms during the years studied has been cut nearly in half “from 13.5 injuries per 1,000 farms in 2001 to 7.2 injuries per 1,000 farms in 2009.” The study looked at injuries to anyone under the age of 20, and defined an injury as an event that restricted activity for at least 4 hours or required medical attention."

Here's the Illinois paper summary:

Summary:
The number of injuries to youth on farms has steadily declined over the past 8 years, regardless of age and regardless of whether the youth were working or visiting on the farm. The report comes on the heels of a Labor Department initiative to restrict the activity of youth on farms due to dangers and high rates of injury. The rate of injuries among youth who are living and working on a farm has declined from 3.1 to 1.2 per 1,000 farms over the 2001 to 2009 period.

There are a few details with perhaps a devil in them.  The devil is always in the details.  Check the footnotes of the USDA paper.

1.  The number of farms went up from2004 to 2009.  I don't know what part ofthe country that happened in, but it did not happen around here in big farms.  So, likely marginal farms that were not in the 2004 study snuck into the 2009 study.

2.  Total youth population living on farms, whether working or non-working.   This means it counted kids whether they never did a lick of farm work or whether they worked 8 hours a day.  Therefore, it counts the Amish kid (although I doubt if they were represented int he telephone survey) and it counts the kid who never goes outside the house.

3..  Includes work-related and non-work-related injuries.   Now, I ask you, if it counts the kid who wrecked is off-rode bike or ATV or who twisted his knee playing basketball at the hoop on the garage, how does this relate to the kid who is working cattle, unloading a wagon or driving a combine?

So, whether DOL uses the USDA report or not, the USDA report doesn't seem to me to say much about what the kid was doing when they got injured and more about where they were living.  A hunting accident, a snow-mobile wreck, a runaway horse, a biting dog all get the same count as a tractor roll over, a butting bull, a biting sow, a NH3 leak.  Doesn't prove much to me. 

 

 

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Re: Rural Youth Injury Rates

All commodity groups are vigorously opposing the proposed child labor bill. 

 

One thing that may unite some of the smaller farmers and traditional ag farmers is fighting against this legislation.  I mentioned this to some folks that have small "organic" farms and gardens and they were completely unaware of the effect this would have on their family based operations.

 

 

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Jim it's one of those times when it is obvious USDA is more concerned with politics than agriculture.  It is irritating when usda data has shown for years a steady reduction is farm population, especially those considered farm families.  Even in small town farm country, the number of students in high schools that reside on rural farms and work on them has nose dived.

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Re: Rural Youth Injury Rates

Thanks Jim,       great post

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I think the smaller operations may account for some of the growth in numbers of farms between cited periods of time, too. 

In many places, it doesn't take much to be deemed a farm, except to call your property one, I guess.  For states that do require a minimum gross income standard, I am not sure I have ever seen a means test for verification of that income. 

 

We have seen one of these sort of hobby farm properties try to claim farm zoning privileges.  When the zoning administrator called and asked me about it, I told him that I would want to see a Schedule F showing they had the requisite income for our statw's definition of bona fide farming. 

 

So, I wonder, too, what the quality of this data may or may not be.  It is disingenuous to blame farmign activity for injuries, if they come from recreation or other causes.  Congress just needs a nail to hang this hat on...and this study will probably be it. 

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Re: Rural Youth Injury Rates

this is about agenda 21 that the united nations is trying to shove down our throat. Its about property rights too.i brought this up about six months ago and everybody thought i was nuts and "ain't gonna happen"  please read about agenda 21

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Re: Rural Youth Injury Rates

Link?

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i heard about it on glenn becks show and he had info on the blaze.com but i guess you can google it. i'll see what i can find

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yea--- i hit agenda 21 on my search bar and all kinds of stuff came up

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i dont put links up for two reasons-- 1-i am not savvy enough on the computer to figure it out and 2- i feel while a link helps it may make people think that I have an agenda which i don't but i do have an opinion. when i post i just want you to think about my point of view

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